We’re here. The stretch run, and that pre-playoff excitement is starting to build up. How do we (I) cope with this? Watching past highlights from the last decade. Those names who scored those key goals on during playoff runs. On a different note, this is the Bruins 95th season in the NHL. In preparation for the playoffs, let’s have some fun and go rank the 95 best Boston Bruins from the last 9.5 years. Starting at the beginning of the 09-10 season to today. Playoffs and Stanley Cups play a big role here, as well as cultural impact. We’re not just ranking point scorers. However, If you’ve scored a playoff goal, you’re automatically a real one.
- Patrice Bergeron
Perfect Patrice. 1000 games. Stanley Cup Champion. Hall of Famer. Warrior. No words can explain how great he has been for this franchise. Not only number one on this list, but top 5 in Bruins history.
2. Zdeno Chara
A close second. Also a Hall of Famer, almost 1500 games played. One of the best defensemen of the decade. Much of the Bruins success of the last decade is thanks to Chara.
3. Tim Thomas
Put up the greatest season by a goaltender in NHL history in 2011, and the Bruins don’t get out of the first round without him. Doesn’t have the longevity, but his peak tops most goalies in history.
4. David Krejci
Not only one of the best Bruins of the decade, but of all time, yet, he’s managed to fly under the radar. Why his number deserved to be retired just like Bergeron and Chara:
5. Brad Marchand
A third round pick who projected as a 4th line energy guy found a spot on Patrice Bergeron’s left wing, and became one of the league’s best players. Where does Bergeron and Marchand rank on the list of all time duos? High.
6. Tuukka Rask
The backbone of the Bruins since 2013. Nearly unbeatable in those playoffs, Vezina winner in 2014, and is 2nd the NHL in sv% over the last decade to Tim Thomas.
7. Milan Lucic
No player was more physically dominating in his prime than Milan Lucic, and he could score. Scored 30 in 2011, and was at the forefront of the most exciting Bruins line of the decade.
8. Nathan Horton
Nobody on the list (Maybe Bergy) has scored a bigger goals than Nathan Horton. OT winner in Game 5 in 2011 against the Habs. Game 7 OT winner. Game 2 against Tampa. Game 7 against Tampa. The 4-2 goal in Game 7 against Toronto. He was only here for 3 years, but possibly the most clutch player in Bruins history.
9. Mark Recchi
The heartbeat and leader of the 2011 Bruins. At 43 years old, lead the Bruins next to Bergeron and Marchand, and the now Hall of Famer could still play. Stealing him from Tampa for Matt Lashoff was one of Chiarelli’s best moves.
10. David Pastrnak
Amazingly, this is already Pastrnak’s 5th season at just 22, and he’s one of the league’s best. Hart Trophies, Rocket Richards, and Stanley Cups are in this guy’s future.
11. Dennis Seidenberg
The rock of the 2011 team next to Zdeno Chara. A true minute eater, all situations defenseman. His prime wasn’t long, but it was dominant.
12. Torey Krug
His 4 goals in 5 games when he entered the lineup in the 2013 playoffs were magical, but it’s what he’s done since his 2013 playoff magic that’s made him a great Bruin. A one of a kind offensive defensemen who has become the best power play quarterback in the league, consistently producing over 50 points.
13. Adam McQuaid
Was never the best player, but put his body on the line for the Bruins ever game for 9 years. Even scored the goal that sent the Bruins to the Cup Final in 2013.
14. Marc Savard
So sad. A potentially hall of fame career ended by Matt Cooke looking to hurt somebody. That doesn’t take away the fact that Savard was a magician and one of the best playmakers of the generation.
15. Johnny Boychuk
Some of the most exciting highlights of the decade are courtesy of Boychuk, be it a Johnny Rocket from the point or a bone crushing hit. Such an exciting and lovable player.
16. Andrew Ference
Once had a glove malfunction and was part of the 2011 leadership crew. He scored 4 goals in the 2011 playoffs, which would be the second best of his career over a full regular season.
17. Michael Ryder
Had one of the best shots I’ve ever seen, but is best known for playing goalie.
18. Ryan Spooner
It was short lived, but the 2015 line of rookies Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak with Lucic on the left was one of the most exciting lines in recent memory.
19. Loui Eriksson
A victim of being the guy traded for Seguin and dirty hits by John Scott and Brooks Orpik, but he stayed healthy and scored 30 in 2016.
20. Tyler Seguin
Peaked at 18 as a Stanley Cup Champion and hasn’t done much since. Right?
21. Blake Wheeler
He never lived up to high expectations in Boston, but had over 100 points in 2.5 seasons and was traded for a critical member of the cup run.
22. Chris Kelly
Never got the appreciation he deserved, but was a 3rd line rock during the cup run and spent 6 seasons in black and gold, scoring 2 massive goals in the first round in 2011, a game tying goal with 6 minutes left in Game 4 and a go ahead goal in the third period of Game 7.
23. Jake DeBrusk
Only has 1 season under his belt, but scoring 2 goals in a Game 7 including the game winner will move you up the list.
24. Daniel Paille
Penalty killing and energy guy extraordinaire drove play on the merlot line.
25. Carl Soderberg
Had two 40+ point seasons despite only being able to see out of one eye.
26. Reilly Smith
Had 1 really good season, and one meh season next to Marchand and Bergeron.
27. Greg Campbell
Played a shift after breaking his leg. Did you hear?
28. Charlie McAvoy
The future. When healthy, he’s already one of the league’s best.
29. David Backes
Scored 2 very exciting playoff goals in game 1 against Toronto in 2018 and Game 3 against Ottawa in 2017 despite overall underwhelming results, but still shows flashes of the player he was.
30. Dougie Hamilton
The one that got away. A future blue line stud that didn’t want to be here after 3 real good seasons.
31. Dennis Wideman
Frustrating, often ridiculed, but put up points from the back end and was part of the trade for Nathan Horton, which was his largest contribution.
32. Tomas Kaberle
Here for a good time not a long time.
33. Jaromir Jagr
I wish I had fully appreciated the legend in Boston while I could. Iconic.
34. Danton Heinen
Scored a goal in a Game 7 after being scratched in Game 6. Also very good at hockey.
35. Shawn Thornton
7 years as the Bruins enforcer, and the city embraced him. Even scored 10 goals and 20 points in the cup year, and many say the turning point of the 2011 Cup Final was when he entered the lineup in Game 4.
36. Rich Peverley
Key cog on the 3rd line in 2011 and followed it up with a solid 2012. Scored 2 goals in game 4 of the 2011 cup final.
37. Matt Grzelcyk
King. Going to be amazing when the rest of the league realizes how good this guy is.
38. Kevan Miller
In his 6th season here, only seeming to improve. Can defend, hit, and fight. Everything the people here seem to love.
39. Jarome Iginla
Burned us in 2013 only to get swept, but won back our hearts with 30 goals and 61 points on a dominant 2014 team.
40. Riley Nash
Broke out in 2018 as a really reliable 3rd center and was key to a dominant 2018 regular season.
41. Marco Sturm
His prime came before 2010, but scored the game winner in the Winter Classic at Fenway.
42. Anton Khudobin
The Bruin who is most closely related to Santa Claus. Also a good (albeit erratic) goalie.
43. Matt Hunwick
Carved out a consistent role on the Bruins blue line for 3 years, and was at the center of the Savard drama.
44. Tim Schaller
A goofy guy from New Hampshire who did his job on a solid 4th line, and scored a memorable shorty in the 2017 playoffs.
45. Jaroslav Halak
As good as a backup plan to Tuukka Rask as the Bruins have had since Tuukka Rask was the backup plan to Tim Thomas.
46. Brandon Carlo
Broke in at 19 and has had his ups and downs, but he’s got a bright future because of his defense.
47. Miroslav Satan
5 goals and 10 points in the 2010 playoffs, including a 4 game goal streak and the double OT winner in Game 4 against Buffalo. Miro the Hero.
48. Frank Vatrano
Man can he shoot the puck. Unfortunate he never fully worked out, but showed flashes of stardom. Scored in Game 1 against Ottawa in 2017.
49. Colin Miller
Really good player who never stuck with Claude Julien, and was Vegas’s expansion pick from the Bruins.
50. Chris Wagner
The mayor of Walpole has become a fan favorite this season, because he’s awesome.
51. Brett Connolly
Got the opportunity to be on the Bergeron line, but didn’t do much with it. Naturally, he’s a 20 goal scorer in Washington.
52. Noel Acciari
Game 3 against Ottawa and Game 5 against Toronto were his playoff moments on a reliable 4th line.
53. Dominic Moore
At one point early in the 2016-17 season, it seemed like he and David Pastrnak were the only ones who knew how to score goals. An interesting couple there.
54. Benoit Pouliot
Once scored a sick goal.
55. Chad Johnson
Revived his career with the Bruins in 2014 with a .925 sv% in 27 games behind Rask.
56. Matt Beleskey
Had a good 2016 season before his contract turned into a disaster.
57. Ryan Donato
His NHL debut was electrifying, and still has a bright future after a trade to Minnesota for Charlie Coyle.
58. Drew Stafford
He only scored 6 goals as a Bruin in 2017 but it felt like every one of them was a huge goal. Two were in the playoffs, one was in a game that clinched a playoff spot, and one was with 6 seconds left to win it. Made em count.
59. Austin Czarnik
Fun, quick little player how never got the opportunity he deserved here.
60. Derek Morris
Got an assist in the Winter Classic and I think that’s it.
61. Joe Corvo
One less assist in the Winter Classic than Derek Morris.
62. Brian Rolston
Scored his last goal in the 2012 playoffs in Game 3 vs Washington.
63. Anders Bjork
Kid’s got all the skills, just needs to get and stay healthy and capitalize on his chances.
64. John Moore
His game winner at the Bell Centre has been one of the moments of this season in a game that brought back memories of the old Bruins-Habs rivalry.
65. Vladimir Sobotka
What we though Brad Marchand would be before Brad Marchand became Brad Marchand.
66. Steven Kampfer
Showed great potential in 2011 as a future scoring offensive defenseman, but never panned out and is now back for his second rodeo.
67. Mark Stuart
One of those heart and soul guys popular in the room, but was moved with Wheeler for salary cap reasons.
68. Matt Bartkowski
Really not a great player, but scored the “1” in “It was 4-1” in the comeback against Toronto.
69. Steve Begin
Scored the third of three short handed goals on the same Penalty Kill on 4/10/10.
70. Jimmy Hayes
Scored a hat trick in a crazy game against Ottawa in the last game before the 2016 Winter Classic.
71. Jordan Caron
Huge bust, but scored in Game 3 against Detroit in 2014 so he’s automatically on the list.
72. Zach Trotman
Scored a game winning goal in huge game against Detroit late in 2015.
73. John Michael Liles
He really didn’t do much but occasionally chirps Torey Krug on twitter.
74. Seth Griffith
The little engine that could was born after he scored a no look between the legs goal. You read that correctly.
75. Rick Nash
Tough luck with the concussion, but had instant chemistry with David Krejci and scored 2 goals in the Bruins only win against Tampa.
76. Lee Stempniak
Scored in OT late in 2016 after the Bruins blew a lead in a game they needed to win. The win also made Claude Julien the winningest coach in Bruins history. Also a 2019 Bruin for about 15 minutes (literally).
77. Peter Cehlarik
He’s got a chance to be a good player. 3 NHL stints 3 years in a row where he’s looked good, but hasn’t stuck.
78. Max Talbot
One of the faces of the dark days of 2015 and 2016. This is getting difficult.
79. Joe Morrow
He was a healthy scratch for 4 months straight before being thrown into the lineup in Game 3 in 2017.
80. Byron Bitz
A hilarious name and massive stature. Part of the package for Dennis Seidenberg.
81. Matt Fraser
82. Joakim Nordstrom
Scored a goal in overtime in November and looks like a movie villain.
83. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson
Scored a goal against Toronto. Good enough for me.
84. Tyler Randell
He has a career shooting percentage of 33%. He scored 6 goals on 18 shots in 2016, which has to be some sort of all time record. Hilarious.
85. Wade Redden
WADE REDDEN IS A SCORING MACHINE (If you know, you know).
86. Shane Hnidy
The sheriff had a 3 game cameo during the 2011 cup run.
87. Justin Florek
Probably the most forgettable Bruin to score a playoff goal over the last decade. He did in Game 2 against Detroit in 2014.
88. Colby Cave
Scored his only Bruins goal against the Habs and briefly centered Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
89. Tommy Wingels
Scored in his first game as a Bruin and took the hit that got Nazem Kadri suspended for 3 playoff games. Cool.
90. Brian Gionta
His 6 points in his first 5 games as a Bruin momentarily had him at the top of the league in pts/gp.
91. Joonas Kemppainen
Definitely the most forgettable Bruin of all time who played a decent amount of games.
92. Simon Gagne
Once scored against the Habs.
93. Craig Cunningham
An ode to an awesome survival story story.
94. Trent Frederic
Killed a guy on the Jets in his first game.
95. Trent Whitfield
I’ll finish off with Trent Whitfield so I tell this story. At the beginning of the 2010-11 season, I was listening to sports radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub. They were talking Bruins, and a person calling into the show had a hot take, saying in a heavy Boston accent “I have a feeling that one of Brad Marchand or Trent Whitfield is going to make a big impact on the Bruins this year.” He certainly wasn’t wrong…
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